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DIY Bath Fizzies

DIY Bath Fizzies

DIY Bath Fizzies

 

I love taking baths and relaxing! Even more I love to make the elements that make my bath so relaxing. I know most people probably wouldn’t enjoy it because it is time consuming but there is nothing better than being able to customize the product to your specific liking. You also know what is going into the product and if it is really safe or not. If you are like me and enjoy making your own beauty products here is how you can make your own DIY Organic Bath Fizzies:

 

 

Ingredients:
•1/2 cup citric acid
•1 cup organic baking soda
•3/4 cup organiccornstarch
•1/4 cup organic cane sugar
•About 6 drops organic food coloring
•10 to 15 drops organic essential oil(s
•Spray bottle
•Silicone ice-cube tray (any fun shape you have)
•Storage jar (preferable something recycled you can always decorate it anyway you want)

Directions:
1.Stir together citric acid, baking soda, and cornstarch in a measuring cup.
2.Pass mixture through a fine sieve or a flour sifter into a mixing bowl.
3.Stir in sugar.
4.Fill spray bottle with water, and add food coloring.
5.Spritz mixture lightly (it should be damp and not wet enough to start fizzing) until you can pack mixture with your hands.
6.Add oil using a dropper, 1 drop at a time, until strength of scent is to your liking.
7. Use a metal spoon or your hands to mix ingredients until color is even throughout (mixture may begin to dry out if this happens, spritz until packable again).
8.Spoon into ice-cube tray & pressing firmly.
9. Let dry at room temperature overnight.
10. Pop out of tray gently and transfer to decorative jars.

**As usual you can add your own fun to this by using edible glitter, eco-paint to decorate the fizzies after they have dried! Be creative. It’s fun!

Happy V-day Pencil Toppers

Valentine's Day Pencil Toppers

Valentine's Day Pencil Toppers

 
 

These Valentine’s Day Pencil Toppers are a quick and cute way to show someone you care about them! The pencil toppers go great with a cute card or little sweet treat. This craft is great for kids you have large classes or Valentine’s parties to go to! This way no one is left out and everyone gets to feel a little special.

 

 

 

Materials:
Scissors
Craft foam
Permanent markers
Pipe cleaner
Pencils

Instructions:

1.Cut a 1- to 2-inch heart from craft foam. With a permanent marker, print a short message on the front and the name of the giver on back.

2.Poke an inch of the pipe cleaner through the bottom of the heart, bend it down, and twist it back around the remaining length of pipe cleaner.

3.Coil the pipe cleaner tightly around the pencil. Then gently pull up on the heart so that part of the coil bobs freely above the pencil, with several loops anchored around the eraser end.

4. Add any of your own decorations you want. If you have glitter, stickers, buttons, left over material use it! Go crazy and make these pencil toppers original! You can do whatever you want to them!

The Only Acceptable Use I Have For A Rake

DIY JEWELRY ORGANIZER

DIY JEWELRY ORGANIZER

 

 

I am not generally a fan of yard work. I don’t mind keeping up the garden or starting it but the hard raking and digging isn’t always my cup of tea. I especially despise rakes! We are not friends and more often than not I hurt myself or someone else when using one. I found this amazing idea for old rakes at WebEcoist.com!
I have a ton of jewelry I’ve acquired/made over the years and although I have a huge jewelry chest that is quite well organized you can always use more organization, I feel. The image above displays perfectly and simply how an old rake can be quickly transitioned into a jewelry organizer, however I would go one step further and instead of using just a string for your earrings (some earrings may not stay on well) I would say find old mesh or tulle you have around the house. Cut it to fit the area of the rake and either clue or tie it to the rake. This way you can fit more earrings and keep them attached more securely. I cannot wait to get home and take apart all of the rakes we have at home for this exact purpose….maybe it will get me out of yard work this year!!

Make Your Old Candles New

Make Old Candles New

Make Your Old Candles New

 

 

While un-Christmas-ing our house last weekend I realized we have a bunch of candles that we can’t use anymore but I didn’t want to throw them out because there was still plenty of wick, wax and perfectly good jars for some left over. I have many a glass container sitting in our basement waiting for some good use and it struck me, I can make new candles out of these. I always struggle with our tea lights as well that can’t burn anymore but there is still wax left over. I did some online research and making old candles new really isn’t that difficult.

1. Separate your colored, scented and plain candle wax from each other. In the articles I have read mixing colors generally turns the wax brown so trying to mix may not always be that good of an idea. The same goes for scented wax. The idea of mixing scents sounds fun but they may not mix as pleasantly as you might think.

2. If you have wax in glass containers you can remove the wax by boiling water in a pot. Once the water is boiling put the glass containers in the water and let sit until wax is melted enough to pour out of the container.

3. While you are waiting for the water to boil/wax to melt get your new containers or molds ready.  Make sure to clean the containers first and that they are dry before pouring wax in.  Also make sure the glass is at room temperature before pouring the wax in.  You don’t want them to crack.

4. If you want to add color or scents to plain candles while the wax is melted add some food coloring, or your favorite scented oils. You can also add dried fruit or herbs if you want to get fancy. Make sure to stir thoroughly.

5. Once the was is ready you can pour into the container, mold or cookie sheet. If you are pouring directly into a container make sure to put a straw in the center of the candle while the wax is still hot so you can put the wick in it. Once you have the wick where you want it slowly remove the straw from the middle. I wouldn’t pull the straw completely out so you can make sure the wick doesn’t fall into the hot wax and melt back into the candle. If you are using a cookie sheet/mold and intend to cut out shapes let the wax harden a little before cutting the shapes follow the same instructions for adding the wick as in the container except you may have to hold the straw up if the mold isn’t tall enough to keep the straw from falling over while the wax is still hot.

6. Once the wax has dried a little and is ready to cut, do so carefully with a cookie cutter or knife. Remove the mold or cookie cutter quickly so the wax doesn’t stick to it but also make sure the shape holds. If it doesn’t the wax is too soft.

7. Once the wax is set and hard you have brand new candles without spending any money! You can give them away as gifts or keep them for yourself.

8. If you want to layer colors or scents you can use a oj or milk carton as a mold.  Pour the first layer in the mold and wait for it to set, then the next and so on until you have the layers you want.  You can follow the same directions with the straw as above for adding the wick.

DIY Owl Decorations

DIY Owl Decorations

DIY Owl Decorations

 

 

 

I know I just did a DIY project yesterday but I love love love this craft! I have a thing for owls lately and this craft is soo simple and cute that I just counldn’t resist. I think you will love it too! Plus with all of this cold weather why not stock up on awesomely easy crafts! However those of you that use that tubeless tissue brand may be out of luck!

Supplies:
Toilet paper tubes or paper towel tubes
Eco-Friendly Paint
Black Marker
Glue or Double Sided Tape
As usual any odds and ends around the house that you want to use to make your owls more fabulous and personal.

Directions:

1. If you choose to paint your owl, paint the tubes first and let them dry before trying to fold the top down.

2. Take your tube and fold down one end to make the ears. You can choose to glue or tape it to make sure the top says down or if you are planning on hanging the Owls anywhere. Depending on the type of paint you use the fold may remove some paint from the owl you can repaint some spots or paint after you fold.

3. Use the black marker and any other stuff you have to make your owls your own. You can cut holes in the fold to put string through for ornaments. You can make the owls your Advent Calendar instead of trees. If you use papertowel tubes you can cut them in different sizes and have a flock of owls sitting on display!

DIY Advent Calendar

 
Do-It-Yourself Advent Calendar
Do-It-Yourself Advent Calendar

 

 

 I am not religious but every year my mother would get me a candy Advent Calendar and give me a tiny gift every day until X-Mas Eve. To this day both traditions are extremely special to me. Not necessarily because I got gifts or candy everyday before the big day but because my mother was sooo excited everytime to give them to me. One day when I have little pups of my own I fully intend on sharing the tradition with my puppies!
I have noticed in the passing years the advent calendars I see are not up to snuff! As per usual I feel you can do it yourself and have a much better time with it. You can change up the calenders every year or keep the ones you make. This is an excellent activity to do since it is getting quite chilly outside! I found this excellent little ditty on FamilyFun.com which is an amazing resource all I did was add a little green!

Materials
Templates
Recycled Green paper in different shades (you can totes use any shapes or colors you want)
Double Sided Tape
Glue
Old Gift Bows or Ribbon
Small gifts or candy
Recycled Tissue paper
Marker
Any odd’s and ends you have around the house that can spruce up your little trees!

Directions:

1. Download the templates and trace the shapes on green paper. Use double sided tape the cones together. Make the other 23 trees of different colors and sizes.

2.Cut or punch out 24 paper circles and write the numbers 1 through 24 on them. Glue the circles to the trees. Add a star or bows to the tops of the trees or save them for the 24th tree.

3. Decorate the trees anyway you like using whatever craft stuff or odds and ends you have around the house to make them unique or leave them plain.

4.Wrap small gifts in tissue paper and place them underneath the cones. You can also use homemade coupons for special things like staying up later, a special dinner or dessert.

Homemade Vegan Eggnog

Vegan Eggnog
Vegan Eggnog

Believe it or not I was never really much of a fan of eggnog. I always thought it was gross. The BF however loves it and would probably drink it by the gallon from November through February. In an effort to keep crap consumption down I found a healthier more peaceful version of eggnog that I thought many of you might appreciate. I will admit I haven’t tried it yet but after perusing many-a-recipe this seems to be the best.

Ingredients:

•21 oz extra-firm silken tofu
•2 cups soymilk (almond,rice or any other milk you prefer)
•2/3 cup light brown sugar or organic honey
•1/4 tsp salt
•1 cup cold water
•1 cup rum or brandy
•4 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
•20 ice cubes
• organic cinnamon
• organic nutmeg

Preparation:

1. Place the crumbled tofu and soymilk in a blender with the sugar and salt.
2. Blend until very smooth.
3. Scrape this into a large bowl or pitcher, and whisk in the water, rum or brandy, and vanilla.
4. Mix well, cover, and refrigerate until serving time.
5. To serve, blend half of the mixture in the blender with 10 of the ice cubes until frothy.
6. Repeat with the other half.
7. Serve in glasses with nutmeg and cinnamon sprinkled on top.

Green Halloween 2011

GREEN HALLOWEEN

Green Halloween

 

 

 

 

Every year I like to do a list of things you can do to help make your Halloween a bit greener for everyone. Here are some trends I noticed last year that I thought would be great to make traditions! I also did some research on other green articles that had excellent tips for this years green Halloween attempts.

1. Make your own costumes! You know you have most of the supplies at home so get on with it. Yes, it can be time consuming and maybe it won’t always look as amazing as a store bought one but DIY will save you money and probably force you to be more creative if you lack sewing skills. I know I have said it before but do you want to spend a ton of money on something you might get one use out of?

2. Buy only organic or vegan candy. Make sure you know where your candy is coming from and what is in it. You might inspire someone else to go green as well. Generally kids don’t know or care as long as they see candy. On holiday’s like this it is about quantity for them not quality so sneak in some good stuff and who knows it might become their new favorite kind.

3. Yeah I’m going to say it…REUSABLE BAGS! I know the pumpkins are traditional but they are crap! Places like Nubius Organics have reusable Halloween bags or make your own! You need things to keep your children occupied in the colder months right! Have them do some work and get creative. You can again save some money.

4. Have a neighborhood Halloween party. Help keep your children save and coordinate with other neighbors on food, costumes and activities. This way you can make sure everyone does their part and most importantly trick or treaters can stay safe. I have notice around me many of the schools host the parties or parents will have one to keep children off of the streets. This cuts down on litter and destruction that generally happens on Halloween not to mention on transportation.

5. Make your own decorations. You know you have ones that you are considering throwing out or some creepy things you have in your attic or basement. Get to using them! You can save money (see a theme here) and reuse stuff you were probably going to throw away. If you have kids you know you have stuff around the house that is “crafty”. Make it a game for your children and get a little cleaning done at the same time. Take time to fix up old or broken decorations.

6. Go local when you need your pumpkins, gourds and produce. This is a great time of year to go to farm stands and local stores. They have amazing produce now! I know in some areas the weather hit pretty hard but you can get your corn stalks and hay from a farm near you. You know a house with real decorations opposed to fake plastic ones is way creepier! Plus you are helping out your local community.

These are all simple and possibly repetitive ways to keep it green. If you follow these simple steps for the years to come you can really impact your children, home and neighborhood! You know that will make you feel down right special so do it!

Jug-O-Lanterns

Jug-O-Lanterns

Jug-O-Lanterns

 

 

Halloween!!!! I cannot wait it is almost here and I am still decorating for it! I love this idea. You can use any empty jugs really even if they are colored I think it would add to it! So here is how you do it:

 

 

 

 

SUPPLIES:

Clean plastic gallon jugs

Black permanent marker (you can get creative and use whatever color you want too)

Knife or Scissor

String of 50 low-wattage holiday lights (you can use white lights but what fun is that, if you have holiday lights at home already use them. Icicle lights would be perfect for this project for example:Led/Energy Saving Holiday Lights)

DIRECTIONS:

1.Draw eyes and mouths on the jugs. Be creative it is Halloween so go scary, silly or just plain realistic.

2.Use the craft knife to cut a half-dollar-size hole in the back of each jug.

3.Arrange the jug-o-lanterns near each other and string the lights between them, stuffing several bulbs into each of the jugs.

4. Optional: Glue things to your jugs like bat wings, or stems and leaves. Decorate them anyway you want. Use colors or make them ghosts. These crafts can be saved and reused so make them original.

This is a super fun craft for a Halloween party. Kids can take these home to show their parents and make more of their own.

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DIY Protein Shampoo For Dry Hair

Organic Homemade Shampoo

Organic Homemade Shampoo

 

I love making my own spa and beauty treatments. I can use the ingredients I want and save money at the same time. Making your own beauty treatments can be fun and informative. It gives you the chance to learn about different properties that natural fruits, vegetables and herbs have.

Ingredients:

•1 organic egg

•1 teaspoon of organic coconut oil, warmed to room temperature

•1 teaspoon of organic lemon juice

•1 tablespoon of castile soap

•1/2 cup of distilled water

•5 drops of organic essential oil

Directions:

1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and consistent.

2. Put in fridge for 15 to 20 minutes to make sure everything has time to sit and mix. (this is an optional step you can use it right away)

3. Get in shower and wash hair. Keep in mind if you use very hot water you might actually cook the raw egg in this treatment.

4. If you have any shampoo left over you can put it in the fridge and save it but you should use it the next day. Keeping it past that is risky.